Keeping up – a how-to guide
Posted by lpearle on 2 December 2014
Despite being very busy, I do try to keep up (catching up is an entirely different matter!). As a public service message for those also looking for ways to stay somewhat current, here’s my routine:
Blogs: I use RSSOwl to read my over 150 RSS feeds. No I won’t list them here, because I don’t want to get into the “why this blog and not that”discussion, suffice it to say that I read a variety – personal interest, friends, humor and professional.
Tweets: Some twitter feeds I get via RSS, but the rest I really only read from 5-6:30am and possibly from 6-7:30pm. So people posting frequently throughout the day, whose feeds I can’t capture otherwise, well, I just don’t see those tweet. And that’s ok.
News: In my email, each morning there’s The Daily Skimm and So What, Who Cares? (despite it’s name JSTOR Daily is a weekly update). I also get updates from the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, and check the BBC, Globe & Mail and Guardian websites.
Books: In addition to the book-related blogs, there’s the daily (or more than daily) Shelf Awareness email.
Misc. Professional Stuff: The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Academe Today and Wired Education are great daily newsletters.
Looks like a lot, right? But much of it can be skimmed, and for those long-form articles I would love to read later, there’s Readability (I know, I know, there are a lot of Instapaper fans out there but… Instapaper doesn’t appear to work offline, and Readability sends stuff to my Kindle, which does work even without a wifi connection). It takes 90min to get through it all, if that, and I can start my day (and end it, sometimes) feeling as though I have some awareness of what’s going on out there, professionally and politically (and personally).